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28Jun/16Off

Meet Articoolo, the robot writer with content for brains

No Content There is great writing. And there is content. And at this juncture in the internet’s evolution it seems very plain, Dear Online Reader, that you are mostly being served a tsunami of content — accelerated into your attention trough by click-dependent digital business models that require a steady stream of word fodder to engage eyeballs long enough to ambush them with ads… Read More

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Mobile shopping startup PredictSpring raises $11.4M

PredictSpring PredictSpring, a startup that helps brands and retailers build mobile apps, announced today that it has raised $11.4 million in Series A funding. Founder and CEO Nitin Mangtani has said that one of his goals is to help businesses create truly native mobile experiences that make it easy for consumers to shop. Customers include Calvin Klein, Cole Haan and Nine West, and the company says… Read More

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Four things to know about the FAA’s rules about commercial drone usage

Drone The rules for commercial drone usage released last week by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) left some unanswered questions on the table. We discussed some of these with Thomas Gemmell, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and the co-leader of the drone team at the law firm Husch Blackwell in Chicago. The rules, which concern unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds… Read More

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Blue Origin breaks ground on new facility to develop orbital rockets

Artist rendition of Blue Origin orbital rocket facility / Image courtesy of Blue Origin In an email to Blue Origin fans this morning, founder Jeff Bezos announced that the company broke ground on their orbital vehicle manufacturing site in Florida. At 750,000 square feet, the new custom-built facility is designed to be large enough to accommodate manufacturing, processing, integration, and testing of orbital rockets. To put that size in perspective, SpaceX’s rocket facility… Read More

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Google+ turns 5 and is somehow still alive

google-plus-5-years People who love Google+ sure love Google+. That hasn’t changed since Google first launched what at the time seemed like a credible Facebook competitor back in June 2011. If you’re a Google+ fan, today is a day to celebrate: Against all odds, your favorite social network turned five today. For everybody else, the fact that Google+ is still online may come as a surprise. The number… Read More

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Trak is like a Fitbit for sperm

trak grey engine on black If you feel the world is in danger of under-population but your fallopian swim team is letting the side down, Sandstone Diagnostics has your back. Now FDA-approved, the company’s product Trak will be the lifestyle coach and home-diagnostics tool to help deliver happier sperm and tiny shouty miracles. Read More

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Apple doubles down on photography with new Shot on iPhone campaign

Sydney, Australia Apple knows that the battle for people’s pockets is going to be fought in part in the photography space. With iOS 10, the company is making it even easier to get to the camera in a hurry, but in an effort to remind people that they’re already carrying a great camera around with them, Apple is launching a new round of its popular Shot on iPhone advertising campaign. Read More

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Twitter targets smaller businesses with launch of Dashboard

schedule_0 Twitter – hot on the heels of the launch of its app for influencers, Twitter Engage – has today released yet another standalone application, Twitter Dashboard. The new service, available on both web and mobile, is aimed at businesses who want to use Twitter to connect with their customers. The app offers a suite of tools including customized feeds of tweets, tools for… Read More

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Evernote tweaks features in free plan and raises prices in paid ones

evernote Evernote is an indispensible tool for many, and the company is always working on making it more so — “but that requires a significant investment of energy, time, and money,” it writes in a new blog post. You know what that means: price hikes. Read More

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NASA fires enormous booster designed for world’s most powerful rocket

NASA cold motor test of SLS booster / Screenshot of NASA livefeed Today, NASA successfully completed a full-duration qualification ground test of the booster that is designed to lift the most powerful rocket in the world. This particular test was a cold motor test used to provide data on how the rocket motor operates at the colder end of its accepted propellant temperature range. NASA cooled the motor over the last several weeks to get temperatures down to… Read More

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